Volunteer Sites

The Arc of Benton County (Local)
http://arcbenton.org/
The Arc advocates for and provides services, as needed, that enhance the quality of life of persons with developmental disabilities and their families.

Amnesty International (International)
http://web.amnesty.org/jobs/volvacancies
AI works to combat human rights abuses and to help create a world where human rights are respected; strengthen the global community working for the defense and promotion of human rights; and ensure that the perpetrators are held accountable for human rights abuses.

Audubon Society (National)
http://www.audubon.org/
Audubon's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.

CASA: Voices for Children ( Local, Benton County)
https://casa-vfc.org/Home_Page.html
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates Association) is an organization whose mission is to speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courts.  CASA promotes and supports quality volunteer representation for children to provide each child a safe, permanent, nurturing home.

Dial-a-Bus (Local, Linn/Benton County)
http://www.dial-a-bus.org/
This is a low-cost, curb-to-curb transportation service for seniors and people with disabilities.  Volunteers transport seniors and/or persons with disabilities and have tons of fun!  The typical commitment is 1 shift per week but any contribution is needed.  Interested parties are welcome to ride along.  Vehicles, insurance, and training are provided.  CPR and First AID skills are required.

Global Exchange (International/San Francisco)
http://globalexchange.org/getInvolved/volunteer.html
A San Francisco based international noprofit human rights organization dedicated to promoting environmental, political and social justice.  Projects include promoting awareness of fair trade and human rights issues in various countries and in the international community.

Habitat for Humanity (Local/International)
http://www.bentonhabitat.org
A nonprofit organization which seeks to eliminate sub-standard housing and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.  Volunteers (among other activities) help build new homes (with the help of the families that will live there, who are then sold the home for the cost of its building).

Human Rights Watch (International)
http://www.hrw.org/jobs/volunteers.htm/
Volunteering at Human Rights Watch means joining a dedicated and diverse staff committed to the protection and preservation of international human rights.

Human Rights Campaign (National)
http://www.hrc.org/index.html
HRC is a bipartisan organization that works to advance equality based on sexual orientation and gender expression and identity, to ensure that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

Jackson Street Youth Shelter (Corvallis)
http://www.jsysi.peak.org/getinvolved.html#employment
The Jackson Street Youth Shelter provides a safe, stable and secure environment in times of crisis.  The shelter provides immediate assistance to troubled, victimized, runaway and homeless youth by offering emergency and temporary shelter, crisis intervention, life skills and family reconciliation.

LB Vision (Linn & Benton Counties)
www.lbvision.org
Virtual volunteer center and much more

National Organization for Women (Washington D.C.)
http://now.org/organization/volunt.html
NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control, and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism, and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.

Northwest Environmental Advocates (Oregon and Pacific Northwest)
http://www.northwestenvironmentaladvocates.org
Mission is to work, through advocacy and education, to protect and restore water and air quality, wetlands, and wildlife habitat, and to stimulate the development of renewable energy sources to replace fossil and nuclear fuels in the Pacific Northwest.

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (California)
http://www.wagingpeace.org/menu/about/opportunities/volunteer.htm
Initiates and supports worldwide efforts to abolish nuclear weapons, to strengthen international law and institutions, to use technology responsibility and sustainability, and to empower youth  to create a more peaceful world.

Oregon Food Bank (Oregon)
http://www.oregonfoodbank.org/make_a_difference/volunteer/
Oregon Food Bank distributes donated food throughout a statewide network of more than 870 nonprofit, hunger-relief agencies serving Oregon and Clark County, Washington, and works to eliminate the root causes of hunger through education and advocacy.

Oregon Natural Desert Association (Oregon)
http://www.onda.org/support/volunteer.html
ONDA's mission is to protect Oregon's native deserts.  A leader in efforts to protect Oregon's High Desert  lands from irresponsible livestock grazing, mining, and geothermal development.

Oregon Peace Works (Oregon)
http://oregonpeaceworks.org/
A publication that embraces an active, non-violent approach to problems, seeking peace that is more than an absence of war.

Peace Corp (International)
http://www.peacecorps.org/
Volunteers help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children and their communities.

Permaculture International
http://www.permacultureinternational.org
Mission statement: to be a powerful agent for social change towards sustainable, ethical and cooperative society.  Permaculture is defined as a diverse set of practices linked by the ethics of: Care of the earth, care of the people, and the sharing of resources to help others achieve their needs and reduce consumption.  Wide range internships in the US and other countries.

Rainforest Action Network (San Francisco/National)
http://www.ran.org/
Rainforest Actional Network (RAN) works to protect the Earth's rainforests and support the rights of their inhabitants through education, grassroots organizing, and nonviolent direct action.  Offers grassroots organizing, research and communications internships, and broad volunteering opportunities.

Save the Redwoods League (San Francisco/Northern California)
http://www.savetheredwoods.org/involved/volunteer.php
As a leader of the movement to preserve the coast redwood and giant seqoia, the League has assisted in permanently protecting hundreds of thousands of acres of redwood forestland.

SMART (Start Making A Reader Today)
http://www.getsmartoregon.org/
SMART engages community volunteers to read one-on-one with pre-K through 3rd grade children for one hour per week throughout the school year.

Texas A&M University Wildlife and Fisheries- jobs (National)
http://www.wfsc.tamu.edu/jobs/job_view.cfm
Programs dealing with ecology, management, and conservation biology.

Washington Peace Center (Washington, DC)
http://washingtonpeacecenter.org/index.html
Works to dismantle the structures and beliefs that perpetuate racism and all other types of oppression; fosters awareness and interest in building a just and peaceful world.  Produces educational materials, holds forums and workshops, organizes public demonstrations, circulates newspaper, and many other activities.

World Neighbors (International)
http://www.wn.org
World Neighbors works with the rural poor in 16 countries in Asia, Africia and Latin America to strengthen the ability of individuals and communities to solve their own problems of hunger, poverty and disease.